Out of all the appliances in the household, the fridge would be the one I pick out of any others if push came to shove. It’s convenient, extends the life expectancy of our food & drinks and has saved us countless hours on daily grocery shopping.
Make no mistake, although this appliance is revolutionary, it’s still a box that’s designed to keep the contents inside cool. Unlike water filter vacuum cleaners new technology, fridges have not changed a lot in a while.
Not exactly the most exciting topic, which is why in this article we will be looking at some refrigerator fun facts that you might not have known about.
Refrigerators have come a long way since they were introduced in the 18th century. This engineering miracle has seen so many improvements that even new refrigerators are completely different from the ones that were released only 10 years ago.
“Believe it or not, your fridge simply relocates heat from the inside to the outside, using principles of evaporation and condensation; it’s not creating cold, it’s moving heat. In understanding this, one gains an appreciation for the elegant efficiency of this household staple.”
Ralston Crofts, Refrigeration Engineer
Let’s take a look at some weird facts:
The life span of a fridge in 1960 was about 20 years, compared to 5 years in 2000
Cleaning the coils and back of the fridge 3 times a year can reduce your unit’s energy consumption by up to 6%
Today’s refrigerators are 41% more efficient compared to those from 10 years ago
For every increase of 5°F above ambient temperature, your fridge uses 12.5% more energy
If your refrigerator door doesn’t close properly, you can apply vaseline around the door’s frame to keep it shut
Energy consumed by the total number of refrigerators in the United States is equivalent to the energy produced by 24 power plants
Type “241543903” into Google Images and tell me what you see? Weird right? The story behind it is pretty interesting
10-12% of your property’s electrical bill comes from your fridge
8 million refrigerators are sold in the US alone
A person on average opens the fridge door up to 23 times a day
The very first refrigerators (between 1800’s – 1920’s) used toxic gases such as Methyl Chloride (CH3CL), Ammonia (NH3), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)
The first refrigerators for home use were introduced in 1930
Not all that waste comes from fridges, but they are one of the largest contributors of the total weight sum. To put this into perspective, this equates to the weight of 350 cruise ships’ worth of electronics.
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